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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)

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Genre: Action, Rating: M - (Mature), Manufacturer: Rockstar Games

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      01.02.2010 02:40

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      Very fun if mired by a bit by cack control scheme

      GTA: Liberty City Stories is a fun game, no doubt, but it's a few steps away from being a classic due to a few issues, none more pesky than the damn PSP's controls! The game forces you to use the analogue stick to move, which invites plenty of issues, chiefly that the stick just isn't sensitive or intuitive enough for it, causing you to move the wrong way and often wind up with some woefully irritating camera angles.

      At the time of release, these graphics were incredibly impressive for a handheld console. They still look pretty great, although you've got to remember that it's handheld, and so the resolution is likely a lot lower, for I imagine this wouldn't hold up very well if you tried playing it on a full screen (as evidenced by the rather dodgy PS2 port of this game, which looked pretty messy). Nevertheless, for the opportunity to play it on the move, it works, and it looks pretty great. Aurally, it's as good as ever; the radio stations are hilarious if a lot more limited this time, while gun and vehicle sounds are very meaty.

      The gameplay will please any fan of the series, sticking to the winning formula of the previous titles to great effect. There's not too much original content here, and even some of the missions feel a bit of a retread, but it's no doubt a fun yarn even if at times it feels like you're playing a remake of GTA3. Still, it's got a few extra features that GTA3 didn't have, and they, along with the addictive sandbox-style gameplay, make this worthwhile.

      This is definitely one of the best PSP games, and plays like a well-engineered port of the PS2 titles.

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      16.04.2009 14:10

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      A perfect game in anyone's PSP collection, providing you're old enough of course

      GTA. Oh, what would the world be without these nasty games. A better place? Methinks not.

      Liberty City Stories is not Vice City Stories, but it did come before so i'll let it off. Set in the GTA 3 version of Liberty City, this game offers a fantastic experience but one that falls a little short of Vice City's brilliance. I'm not sure if it's the the bland cityscape, or the lack of a truly great soundtrack, but while everything seemed great and new with the the original GTA 3, this time round i'm less excited.

      This is an amazing game, I don't believe it's not, however given the choice between this and Vice, I opt for the 80's. I also believe the graphics in this game are a little behind that of it's sequel (or is that prequel?), but given the limitations of the console, Rockstar did an outstanding job.

      Buy this and you'll experience a tantalising world of corruption and destruction, all in the palm of your hand. Just don't expect the style and character of it's mildly superior brother.

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      11.02.2009 10:31
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      Pick it up for a gd price and you cant go wrong

      Being the first of 2 GTA games to come onto the PSP, GTA Liberty city stories really does put the fun of a GTA game in the palm of your hand.

      The game world is huge, consisting of 3 islands to expore and a huge range of missions. The story is set 3 years before events occuring in GTA 3 where the character Tony Cipriani has returned from hiding and is put back to work for all the familiar characters including Salvatore Leone.

      Bikes are now available in Liberty city for the first time, which is added content from the older ps2 version. Weapons as always are plenty and gorey as ever, and the visuals on the game for the PSP system is quite remarkable. In my opinion matching the ps2 version. Gameplay is smooth, perhaps laggy in some areas with alot of on screen action. The GTA experience has been truely well captured, the controls very well implimented and simple to use and all in all a fun game for on the go.

      Perhaps the only critisism would be replay value, once you have completed the game all that is left really is to go around the city causing havok.

      If you are a fan of GTA you really cant go wrong with liberty city stories, it adds to the storyline and really does feel like a full GTA game in your hands. Nothing has been lost.

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      10.11.2008 14:14
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      fun, exciting and entertaining game

      One thing that makes playing any GTA fun is the big open style of play. You can do almost anything you want, from stealing cars to beat the poor pedestrians in a coma. The largest part of the game to the parts you different missions to complete. When you complete a mission, you will return to the syndicate manager for a new mission. These missions can be anything from taking out drug dealers who are invading your turf, to save other members of your gang from Harm's Way. You can also take on odd jobs, such as taxi driving, to get extra money. In GTA you can be sure that you have never found something to do.

      The control system in the GTA is very simple. You would think in a game that allows your character to do so many different things that control can be a problem, but this seems to draw all off with great ease. All you need do is marked on a small map for you as always displayed in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you ever get lost and do not know what to do next, look at the map. The game is also a really solid job of explaining all the different control moves can be found throughout the game. As you have a new challenge that requires new game, move the game guides you through the steps you go, which makes it easy to get a firm grip on the many different controls are found throughout the game. Everything from simply walking around, running different vehicles in the game are easily made after a short amount of practice and most controls in the game, regardless of what they seem to really spot on. Any wonder if Rockstar could take away the wonderful checks of the previous GTA games on the PSP need not worry. After a few minutes with Liberty City Stories you swear you're playing one of its console brethren. The conclusion is that what Rockstar has been able to draw from with this PSP version of GTA is incredible and a true testament to the talent of their developers, and the power of the PlayStation Portable.

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      02.11.2008 17:41
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      This is one of the best GTA games for PSP and offers hours of fun and laughter.

      GTA liberty city stories is a great game for many reasons first of all the PSP GTA game is so much alike to all the other GTA games that you cant tell the difference between them.

      The game still has all features that other games have but it has some noticable differences. While you can still explore the large city, steal cars or go on a massive killing spree some things have been left out you cant fly helicopters or planes and the game and there is not that many reconizable songs.

      Classic parts of GTA games are included like insane jumps, unique jumps and secret package collections as well as pay and sparys, bomb shops and pizza boy missions. As well as the funny cutscenes and rude comments made during play.

      A new feature of the game is the car salesmen side missions where you have to take people for a test drive to try and sell them the car. For example if someone says 'I heard this car can go really fast' you have to drive as fast as possible to get them to buy it. Or if they think is is good at off road you need to big jumps and flips. This is also done for bike salesmen missions later in the game.

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      29.10.2008 18:15
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      5 out of 5 ... Brilliant

      I was so excited when i heard they were bring out another Grand Theft , so excited i got the special edition one with a PSP - which cant be sold without the PSP. Grand Theft Auto ,Libery Cities is exciting and very fun to play. When you know how to get cheats the game becomes so much better because you can unlock many cool things including tanks.

      The missions on Grand Theft Auto are amazingly fun when it comes to missions when you have to hunt down or kill someone.
      The reason i like Grand Theft is the stars you get when you have been naughty , when the stars is up to the highest it can get , most people who have played this game will agree its always fun.

      Out of all the Grand Theft Auto games this is definately the one i have spent the most time on. Grand Theft Auto keep it up! You are making your game players so excited!!

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        10.09.2008 14:25
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        Great fun!!

        Having played Grand Theft Auto games from the very first top down editions, I love the way the games work, free form gameplay allowing you to play missions if you choose or merely spend your time mugging people and avoiding the police, its up to you.

        When GTA 3 first came out the 3d nature of it initially made me lose a bit of interest, then I had a go.... I thoroughly enjoyed it, the graphics were great and it was very satisfying when you crashed a car at full speed into a crowd of pedestrians, great fun!!! I played that game for more hours than I can remember. On the whole my time with the game has tended to mainly ignore the missions and storyline in favour of doing my own thing. Ok so I won't progress through the game but I don't have a lot of patience nor sadly that much time to play games, so I like to be able to bung a game on play for a few mins and have good fun then come away from it. In this way GTA games have always suited me. I can steal a car cause some havoc, get chased by the police and then when I'm caught or dead, switch it off ready for next time.

        Just under a week ago I got myself a PSP and with it GTA Liberty City Stories, since then I have been playing it almost non-stop. The graphics are virtually identical to the original GTA which I had on my PC, it runs really smoothly and looks great. The controls using the small analogue stick initially took a little time to get used to, which involved many crashed and much walking all over the place but I have now mastered it and it feels just as natural as it ever did.

        I've not delved into the storyline because as I mentioned, I like to do my own thing, I have however stolen some great cars and bikes, mugged loads of people, found some great weapons and had some thrilling police chases...all of which have been brillian fun.

        From what I can tell it is classic GTA. There's not great advancement of the control system, nor the games mechanisms, ok there might be a new storyline but on the whole this is pretty much the same game that I played years ago on my PC...not that that is a bad thing!!!

        The main thing I really like about this is the fact that I can play it anywhere, and when playing at home, I don't need to be stuck in front of the PC!!

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          25.07.2008 16:24
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          Great game, go out and get it now!

          This game is extremely addictive, you begin to say 'Right I'll just complete this mission and then put it down' but its virtually impossible to do that. Some missions are difficult, but there is always a way round them.
          The graphics are good too, real-life situations sort of.
          Also, I think the game is very good quality for money, especially as you can get it of eBay for £5...bargain! I would highly recommend you did buy it, it's full of adventure and you're never sure what your next mission is going to be.
          There are also cheats that can be found which, I admit, I could not have done some of the missions without, things like restore your health etc.
          Some aspects of the game have adult features, hence the 18+ certificate. I think that maybe it should have been a 16+.
          Go out and buy Liberty City today! You won't regret it!

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            02.07.2008 18:25

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            great cheap game

            grand theft auto liberity city stories is getting a bit old now especialy to those who had the playsation 2 which the same game grand theft auto 3 but still remains a great game as do all of the grand theft auto games, any one who enjoys a game where you can do whatever you like whenever you like , shoukd perchase this game, there a plenty of cars plenty of levels and plenty of guns , there are also many outher side mishions from car sales man to being and ambulance or police driver , this game is a very long game and will provide you with hours of gameplay , a very cheap and fun game would easily recomend this to any one with a psp without this game as it it very aafordable and should not set you back more than £15 brand new with preowned around £5

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            23.05.2008 17:39

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            Excellent effort and rewarding for the gamer.

            When I first bought my PSP I only had one game in mind, Pro Evolution Soccer, I always dreamed from the day ISS Pro was out on the PSX that i'd be able to play the greatest football game on the handheld machine. But when I went to get my PSP I was alittle flush with cash for a change and the deal from Game at the time were giving you a bundle with Pro Evo and Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories and combined you were saving £30, never one to pass up a bargain I bouht the bundle.

            For a while I never played it because I was too wrapped up in PES and I also just thought the PSP wouldn't be able to handle a GTA game. How wrong I was, graphically this game is brilliant, it's as good as any of the PS2 GTA games and everything from characters to explosions look great.

            The gameplay of course is top notch, never awkward and flwoing superbly this game is very easy to play and get used to. The driving is especially rewarding and fun, not to mention really fast.

            With tons of great missions and three cities to explore you will be lost in this game for ages. I started playing it on a 3 hour plane journey and it passed by in no time and I still wasn't that far into the game.

            A great effort and an A+ for Rockstar as they deliver again on this wonderful franchise.

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            02.10.2007 20:49
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            Best PSP game yet

            I admit that I was skeptical when Rockstar announced that they were bringing their much respected and loved Grand Theft Auto series to the PSP. It’s not that I didn’t think they’d bring a game true to the series but I didn’t think they’d be able to offer an experience that was a nearly as compelling or as similar to the series’ third game or Vice City or even San Andreas for that matter.

            I WAS WRONG! Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for the PSP is everything we could have asked for in a game . Its possibly the best game i have played on the PSP ever!


            The game’s story follows wise guy Toni Cipriani- (not vincent something as stated in other reviews!), as he returns to Liberty City after having carried out a job for mob boss Salvatore Leone. The Leone family is a powerful presence in Liberty City but that hasn’t stopped other warring families such as the Forelli family and the Sindacco crime syndicate. Toni soon finds himself deeply involved in a war that rages from the streets Liberty City’s three main regions to city hall itself.

            The assortment of vehicles has increased- motorbikes are now available!You can drive dirt bikes, choppers or Ninja-styled bikes.

            Control wise the game moves at a very steady frame rate- thats good news for a start. Controlling Toni on foot feels a lot like the console games without the ability to crouch. You can target your enemies well enough but you can also aim on your own. Driving is also handled beautifully and like the console games each vehicles has its own feel.

            The game’s graphics are pretty sharp and similar to GTA III. Liberty City looks great even in the PSP’s widescreen format.

            Overall, this is oine of the main reasons you should be out there buying the PSP- this is one game which has helped make it a success.

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            12.06.2007 06:11
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            great game

            THIS IS THE GAME WITCH MAKE US ENJOY WITH GREAT SATISFACTION IT IS THE BEST GAME WITH GREAT GRAPHICS
            AND THE COST FOR THIS GAME IS WORTH WHILE
            THE GREAT SUSPENSE HELD IN THIS GAME
            THERE ARE MANY LEVELS IN THIS GAME AND IT WILL TAKE SOME MONTHS TO COMPLETE THIS GAME
            IT IS FANTASTIC TO PLAY THIS GAME
            IT WILL BE ENJOYING BY PLAYING THIS GAME
            ENJOY YYYYYYYYYYYY YYYY YYYY YYY YYY YY YY YY

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              22.05.2007 18:59
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              Only bettered by vice city stories as the most advanced handheld game todate

              WOW I can not believe that there are not more reviews for this already. I mean not only is the Grand Theft Auto name probably the most well known and popular series at the moment, this is the best game available on PSP to date. However that may all change when the latest version (Vice city Stories) is released in about a months time.

              I suppose I should try to start with a description of exactly what the game is about and the types of game play involved. However that is almost an impossible task in itself because this game is just so detailed and huge.

              You play the role of a young, low life mafia thug (Vincent Vinchetti I think but i may be wrong) that lives in liberty city. Your task (at least to develop the plot of the game, theres more to the game than this but i will come onto that later) is to complete a number of missions given to you by local mafia bosses and low life scum. These mission vary in their difficulty and diversity but generally can be considered as either driving missions or killing missions. As you progress things start to get tricker, for instance you may have to spy on someone without getting caught and then sniper them from a rooftop. Similary you have have to drive around the city collecting drug money before the cops catch the dealers.

              I think that the best way to convey the pure genious of this game is to describe liberty city itself. The GTA maps are some of the biggest ever created and this one definetly is on the PSP) which simply have a life of thier own. In many respects they are just like a "real" city, where you have the freedom to explore every single little allyway, back street or anything that takes your fancy. No other video game gives you this kind of environment and freedom (gangs of london comes close but its not GTA).

              In-terms of game play very little has changed from the liberty city on the Ps2 (with the notable inclusion of bikes). This was mainly because there was nothing wrong with it to start with. Its still very easy to control your man on foot and the driving is simple and easy (certain cars handle better than others, but that just adds to the realism).

              Graphically there has been some reduction in quality, with the draw distances and "fogging" being more of a problem than I would have liked. However its at this point I realsie I am probably just being a spoiled child complaining at such a minor imperfection. Somehow the designers have managed to cram the entire city onto just one UMD. That is a pretty amazing achievement to say the same city was seen as a ground breaking jump in next gen technology just 5 years ago.

              Overall this game will have you playing for months and months on end. there is just so much to do and see, wether it be the main "plot" missions or the numerous sub missions. These include such things as collecting the 100 hidden packages spread out over the entire city, setting a fasted lap on the dirt bike course, playing taxi driver and many many more.

              A few people have complained that this game has short changed the PSP community because it is simply new missions set in an old game rather than being a truely new title. However I disagree with this entirely. If somebody had said to me three years ago as i was playing 2D mario on my GBA that I would be playing full on GTA soon on a handheld, i would have just laughed at them. Secondly I think the return to a familiar setting adds to the nostalga of another classic game. I actually enjoyed going back to the little side streets and locations which i had forgotten about.

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                03.04.2007 10:55

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                the best franchise is here 9.5/10

                If ever there was going to be a game that would make any gamer think of getting a PSP it was going to be GTA. This a fantastic game which is well worth buying as it really shows what the PSP is capable of after some initial critiscism. GTA games have a huge following and this game doesn't disappoint. At first you wonder if it will be the same on a handheld, but it is exactly what it says it is, GTA on a smaller screen. Nothing major has changed from the controls to the gameplay, you can still hijack cars/bikes, go on random killing sprees, stick to the main story or just earn money to take the town over. This game is a fantastic success with a whole new story from GTA3 and there has even been some minor improvements to the landscape. Overall this game is the 2nd best game out on the PSP, second only to GTA Vice City Stories.

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                16.01.2007 14:58
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                excellant introduction to the GTA family, Recommended

                The all action game comes to the portable format. It is a fast paced game with interlinked gameplay. Set in the fictional place of Liberty City it does seem stereotypical of any major cities in real life. The gameplay is smooth and responsive and due to the processing power of the psp the action scrolls fluidly. With the option to buy a walk through guide it takes the game to a new level for both the novice and professional gamer.

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